15 AUGUST 1829, Page 8



Wg expressed an opinion, when the rumour of accessions to the Cabinet first began to circulate, that there was nothing in it. We had not, like the Courier, the authority of the party in power, or of the friends of the party seeking to get into power, for our denial; but hazarded it merely on the general principle, that a projected change, for which no solid reason could be assigned, and by which no earthly purpose was to 'be answered, was not very probable. We feel justified by the event. No change has occurred, and the rumours are dying away. Had the journals which asserted that a negociation was in pro- gress, stated the fact nakedly, the public would have been puzzled whom to trust. There was affirmation met by affirmation, accusation by accusation, vituperation by vituperation—we don't really know which side swore most roundly or called names best. But then we were told, not only that the Duke was inclined to call the "outs" to his aid, but that he could not stand without them. Unfortunately for their claims to belief who asserted this, the Duke has not called the " outs," and he still stands. There is no getting over this argument from facts; and so the ablest of the opponents; of Ministers seems to think—for it cannot have escaped its readers notice, that the tone of the Standard has in this point been most singularly subdued within the last eight days. Its language respecting the Duke of WELLINGTON has even become complimentary—he is thebest Foreign Minister since the great CHATHAM I Our contemporary has not yet contrived to gulp down his dislike of the Home Secretary, but he can reason calmly about him. There is hope in such symptoms. At the same time, we must confess we would rather see the dialectics and learning of the Standard employed as they have hitherto been. They are better fitted for attack than defence, and would be far from charming to the same degree when used for, that they have done when used against, the Govern- ment.